Lorraine Charles is currently Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, Head of Research for Angela M Solomon Communications, Lead Policy Analysis for a project that aims at understanding the challenges of education globally and ways to address these, and Director of Development GCC for ReBootKAMP, an initiative that trains refugees in software development in preparation for employment. She has worked on issues related to the Syrian crisis since 2011.
Lorraine has developed an education and entrepreneurship project for a start up social enterprise for the Syrian refugee population. She was Research and Policy Consultant for the Global Business Coalition for Education, where her work focused on the engagement of the private sector in education for Syrian children in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. She was a consultant for the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, a body under UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a research project that examined employment for Syrian refugees in Turkish and Jordanian contexts. She also worked on a project for report for Sharq.org that examined livelihoods in Lebanon, with a focus on Palestinian refugees and vulnerable members of the Lebanese host communities in the context of the Syrian crisis.
At the CBR, University of Cambridge, her research focuses on alternative pathways for livelihoods and economic independence for refugee populations. She has also worked on other education and livelihood research projects aimed at the addressing the needs of the Syrian refugee population. Her past research has covered issues such as energy security in the GCC, nationalisation policies, economic diversification and development and the role of women in economic development.